Real World Speed
Performance profile from 96,515 user samples
80,606 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 78% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 43% 127GB free
Poor: 43% Great: 78%
SPEED RANK: 201st / 1002
15,909 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 74% 2TB free
Poor: 74% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 12th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
60.7 % 95.2 % Much faster effective speed.
+57%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
113 MB/s 175 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+55%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
98.2 MB/s 157 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+60%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.75 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+12%
0.67 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.94 MB/s Faster random write.
+27%
1.53 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
86.7 MB/s 154 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+78%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.38 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+81%
0.21 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
153 MB/s 201 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+31%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
128 MB/s 184 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+44%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.19 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+47%
0.81 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.51 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+37%
1.83 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
123 MB/s 179 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+46%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.53 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+112%
0.25 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 9,678,997 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.86 % Much higher market share.
+65%
0.52 %
Value
Value For Money
31.6 % 102 % Hugely better value.
+224%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
57 % 83 % Much more popular.
+46%
Price
Price (score)
$55 Much cheaper.
+31%
$80
Age
Newest
100 Months 21 Months Much more recent.
+79%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 3TB
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The WD Black (2010) is not a great performer, at least not in today's market. With peak sequential read/writes of 162/129 MB/s the Black lags particularly at writing. In terms of small file random 4K performance things are a little better with peak read/writes of 1.21/2.7 MB/s but these figures still lag the current group leaders and place the 2010 version of the WD Black well below average. A direct comparison to the 2012 WD Blue shows that the newer Blue not only outperforms on nearly every single benchmark but also costs less. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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The new 3TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST3000DM008) replaces its hugely successful predecessor, the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 2011 (ST3000DM001). Comparing performance between the two models shows that the newer drive has 12% faster sequential speeds, comparable 4K speeds, improved mixed sequential speed and reduced mixed 4K speed. Overall, the effective speed is 12% faster on the 2016 model. Since there is normally little price difference between the two models the 2016 version is the clear winner especially for use as a backup drive with its impressive sequential read and write speeds of nearly 200 MBps. See the current value leaders here[Feb '17 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) June 2018 HDD Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by current cost per GB to yield value for money. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. [HDrivePro]

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Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Fastest effective speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance, price and capacity.
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Intel Core i7-8700K $320Nvidia GTX 1070 $413Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $104
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $175Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $250Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $138
Intel Core i5-8600K $235AMD RX 480 $280Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $125
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $44Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $177SanDisk Extreme 64GB $44
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $911SanDisk Extreme 32GB $30
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $59HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $226SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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